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  2. Detail Mutant

    Opti Coat Pro Maintenance

    jasbir204, For a winter wash you may want to consider getting the Worx Hydroshot. The advantage of this type of pressure washer is it is capable of drawing water from a bucket. This will allow you to fill up a bucket with warm water (20-25 deg C) from your sink for your pre-wash step. The pressure and flow of the Hydroshot is fairly low but adequate when using 15 deg pattern to remove build up on the sides, front and rear of vehicle. Another tool to consider is a small pump pressure sprayer for applying ONR pre-soak solution. Any of the garden type you can buy in the hardware store will work (typically $5-$12) but the iK 1.5 Multi Sprayer is a far superior tool if you don't mind spending more money (typically $40-$45). This is my winter wash procedure: 1. Prepare ONR solution at 256:1 ratio (standard) in bucket using warm water. 2. Fill second bucket with warm water. 3. Fill multi-sprayer with warm ONR solution from bucket. If you feel you need higher dilution ratio, add some more drops of ONR to sprayer. I used to use higher dilution ratio but typically stick with standard for pre-soak these days. Apply pre-soak to all panels with visible dirt build-up (typically front, lower sides and rear). I don't usually bother with pre-soak on windows and roof unless there is visible dirt. 4. Using Hydroshot hooked up to warm water bucket, rinse off pre-soak/dirt from vehicle. 5. Wash vehicle panel by panel starting from top using warm ONR solution and BRS 6. Apply Hyper Seal as drying aid and dry vehicle panel by panel. 7. After all paint clean, using cheap microfiber towels in remaining ONR to wipe down tires and wheels. Use Hyper-Seal on rims as drying aid. I would consider moving the Hyper-Seal to a different sprayer. I find the supplied sprayer lays down too much product. Or consider just doing a partial pull (third to half pull) of the trigger per panel.
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  4. jasbir204

    Opti Coat Pro Maintenance

    What procedure would you recommend for a full procedure car wash?
  5. Ron@Optimum

    Opti Coat Pro Maintenance

    foam guns are excellent to use on sludge from winter. The high dilution ONR is a pre-spray (think tar, bugs, heavy dirt, etc) or waterless wash formula but not necessarily routine full car washes.
  6. jasbir204

    Opti Coat Pro Maintenance

    Makes sense. Would a foam gun with OCW be of any benefit at all prior to using the ONR 2 bucket method? Since you noted wash bay sprayers have solvents in them, I think I will avoid wand wash bays all together and just use the ONR products. It's just tough in the winter since the dirt and slush pile up quite a bit and a wand wash is the only place I have access to a decent power wash If I avoid the wand wash bays, should I just pre-soak with ONR in regular dilution and use the higher dilution for lets say rocker panels and bumpers etc. for dirtier spots and then follow up with the 2 bucket method?
  7. Ron@Optimum

    Opti Coat Pro Maintenance

    Correct, wash bay sprayers are OK, but they use very harsh solvents and should be avoided.
  8. Ron@Optimum

    T.A.R. Remover

    TAR won't stain leather or interior vinyls. It wasn't formulated to remove salt solutions and hasn't been test on it, so no answer for No Soap.
  9. jasbir204

    Opti Coat Pro Maintenance

    Thanks for the quick reply! So for washing the SUV with Opti-Coat Pro I'm guessing for every wash I should use ONR with the above method with hyper seal and not use a automatic car wash or wand wash bay soaps etc.? It's not a hassle to do the ONR method, just want to make sure its the best method and there isn't a better option that I missed.
  10. Ron@Optimum

    Opti Coat Pro Maintenance

    That's no problem, you can pre-rinse the worst off with a wand and pre-spray (either dilution works, 1 oz to 16 or 1 oz to 2 gallons, just get greater cleaning power with the stronger ratio). I suggest doing smaller sections depending on how quickly the panels dry, expanding if possible.
  11. Hey guys, I just got my 2016 Honda Pilot coated with Opti Coat Pro from a highly reputable detailing company and I gotta say I'm instantly impressed with the result. My only issue is the after maintenance as they noted I should wash the car bi-weekly (after 7 days to allow the coat to cure) and use ONR as the washing aid and if needed I can go to a touch less automated car wash that they recommend. They also said to come back around 6-8 months for a decontamination wash. I've read multiple forums on the proper after care and I just want to make sure I am going to wash the SUV properly. I have the regular blue ONR (the company does not carry OCNR) and the hyper seal as a drying aid, big red sponge and MF towels. I live in Canada and during the winter I will go to a wand wash bay (they allow bucket washing if you keep putting in coins and aren't busy), power wash the SUV as a pre-soak and then use ONR with the recommended dilution for washing (1OZ per 2 gallons I think?). I will wash one panel at a time with ONR and the sponge and from what I have read online I should use only 1 spray per panel with hyper seal and to dry immediately to prevent water spots. I will do the same thing in the summer but I can do it at home with my power washer (in the winter its tough as the weather here gets to -10F to -30F so a wand wash bay is my best bet!) In the spring there is at least a month of roads being covered in slush which should wash off easily with a pre-soak at a wand wash. But if it is bad enough should I pre-rinse with a wand and then use ONR in a spray bottle (1OZ to 16OZ of water) to start working at the dirt? If so should I do one panel at a time or spray the whole SUV with the solution? Whether I pre-spray a panel or the whole SUV I assume to use the regular diluted ONR for washing with the sponge one panel at a time with hyper seal afterwords as usual. Sorry if its a lot at once, just want to make sure I got it all down properly so I avoid any issues!
  12. No Soap

    T.A.R. Remover

    Could it be effective on the road “salt” solution stuck on your paint in the wintertime and feels like sandpaper?
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  14. Setec Astronomy

    T.A.R. Remover

    How safe is this for delicate substrates? Like the interior vinyl/plastic mentioned in that other thread? Or leather or other seat surfaces? Since it's mentioned as an adhesive remover, I'm sure any of us who are old enough have had a bad experience trying to remove adhesive from something, and the solvent we used damaged the substrate.
  15. Ron@Optimum

    T.A.R. Remover

    TAR (Tar/Adhesive/Rubber) Remover is now available from opticoat.com: Optimum T.A.R.™ Remover is a fast acting, easy to use, and environmentally friendly solution for removing tar, adhesive, and rubber contaminants from all automotive surfaces. Optimum T.A.R.™ Remover is based on soy and other natural extracts and does not contain any petroleum distillates making it safe for the consumer, the environment, and your vehicles and is safe to use on all automotive surfaces including paint, chrome, plastic, and glass. Optimum T.A.R.™ Remover is biodegradable and VOC free.
  16. Ron@Optimum

    Optimum for "sticky" plastic trim

    Wayward, I have no experience with your issue, but wonder it the new TAR product (Tar/Adhesive/Rubber) might work? It's just now available at opticoat.com?
  17. Ron@Optimum

    OPTI leather guard application questions.

    Welcome to the OPT Forum, Jovach. Opti-Guard Leather - clean the surface thoroughly (we recommend Power Clean at 1:5 or 1:3, depending on condition), wipe off with a damp microfiber which not only removes residue PC, but also serves to fill the pores in the leather, then apply Opti- Guard Leather with the sponge applicator. Cover completely and you can add a second coat 10 minutes after the first. Wait at least 10 minutes before touching. After application, clean the sponge with Power Clean or dish detergent/hot water and it's reusable. Expunge any air that got into your syringe and recap tightly for future use.
  18. First time for me to use the Opticoat products. The detailer who originally applied the coating to the exterior and the interior got sick and tired of trying to find good help and closed up. I am starting on the interior of my BMW and would appreciate any pointers from folks who have done it. Thanks, Jovach
  19. Wayward Sun

    Optimum for "sticky" plastic trim

    Thanks Lowejackson for the response. Your thinking matches mine and I think a fix is doubtful. I considered an experiment of trying Lens Coat, to see if it would bond to and provide a hard shell. I will let you know if I get the chance to try that and what happened. I loved your line about the "two memories may have merged" It could explain a lot for me, too. Be well
  20. Habs

    Hyper Polish question

    great info some off the best advice i have read i n this form, was reading a lot about people having high spots with gloss coat your right about paint prep used gloss coat about three times used paint prep never had any issues and i am no pro. thanks
  21. Lowejackson

    Optimum for "sticky" plastic trim

    My first suggestion is to try something like Opticlean. Cannot remember where I saw a thread about using Power Clean with various towels and brushes for this kind of problem, might have been Autogeek but it worked out well by removing the old surface. I think there are some threads where some have concluded it just becomes easier to replace them. The issue seems to be UV has caused the surface material to break down and so a cleaning may or may not help. I have a very vague notion about Dr G suggesting Poliseal but my memory is not so good these days and it is possible two memories have simply merged.
  22. I have a customer with a 2006 VW beetle convertible that has interior plastic/vinyl trim parts that have become sticky and will rub off black. They have contacted many who say it is an unfixable problem. Is there an optimum possible fix for this? Any suggestions or experiments would be appreciated.
  23. Ron@Optimum

    Power clean with onr

    I can't promise doing a compete decontamination will remove the gritty feeling but that's the recommended approach vs. clay.
  24. Ron@Optimum

    Opti-Gloss coat

    Optimum does not test it's products on competitors so we have no idea whether you can apply over another coating (but you can layer Gloss-Coat). Opti-Coat is the superior product compared to Gloss-Coat - more durable, harder, and more chemically resistant.
  25. Ron@Optimum

    Optimum Gloss-Coat

    A second coat insures good coverage and may add gloss, but does not change durability - that is from Dr G
  26. antont489

    Opti-Gloss coat

    Hi, Can I apply opti-gloss coat over my existing ceramic/9h coat? Is gloss coat better or just opti-coat is fine?
  27. Aaron94

    Optimum Gloss-Coat

    This is what im referring to.. I thought i read somewhere Yvan saying a second coat does nothing. I would like to know because I would love more gloss but dont want to waste this precious liquid
  28. Aaron94

    Optimum Gloss-Coat

    Can you not? I've read mixed things on the forum. Ive read it adds more gloss and then ive read (I think Ron said) and second coat adds no durability or gloss? Do we have a definitive answer?
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